Lawmaker Wants to Make 'Merry Christmas' Official

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A Florida lawmaker doesn't want to hear
"Season's Greetings" or "Happy Holidays" on Dec. 25 -- just
"Merry Christmas."

State Sen. Gary Siplin filed a resolution (SR 320) this week
that would recognize "Merry Christmas" as the state of Florida's
official greeting for Dec. 25.

In the resolution, the Orlando Democrat writes that Christmas is
a holiday of "great significance to most Americans" and that
"many Christians and non-Christians" recognize the holiday as a
time "to cherish and serve others."

It's not likely that a state employee would be punished for
giving an alternate greeting. A resolution is often ceremonial and
does not have the effect of law.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by TRUTH Location: TALLY on Dec 27, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    SO I SEE POLITICIANS,LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON SAID, "THEY DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT US" INSTEAD OF WORRYING ABOUT A HOLIDAY THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WITH NO FOOD, NO SHELTER, NO HEALTH INSURANCE, CAN'T FIND A JOB NOT EVEN AT MCDONALD'S (because machines are taking over), PEOPLE ARE STRESSED AND LOST BECAUSE YOU LAWMAKERS AND POLITICIANS ALWAYS GIVE US NOTHING BUT BAD OPTIONS THAT LEAD TO NO SUCCESS WHILE YOU RICH PEOPLE HAVE FULLY COVERED HEALTH INSURANCE, A COUPLE OF MANSIONS WITH 50 ROOMS AND 40 BATHROOMS, A COUPLE MILLION OR EVEN BILLIONS TO SPEND EVERYDAY AND FOREVER, BUT NOT ONCE HAVE THEY THOUGHT THAT ALL THEY HAVE IS TOO MUCH WHEN SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T HAVE A ROOM NEEDS A ROOM SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T HAVE A $1.00 CAN HAVE $1000 AND WHEN IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE POINT THESE POLITICIANS ARE BEING PAID WITH BIG TIME SALARIES TO HELP OUR PEOPLE BUT ALL THEY DO IS DESTROY US WITH LIES SO THE ? IS HOW IN THE HELL ARE THEY LIVING BETTER THAN US AND WE PAY THEIR SALARY? AND TO DO NOTHING...
  • by JM on Dec 27, 2010 at 07:40 AM
    Sad that a RESOLUTION with no real authority that prescribes "Merry Christmas" as the official greeting for December 25 only is still controversial with some. Someone on this blog has pointed out that none of us would move to a foreign country and expect them to change their centuries old customs on our behalf. A modest attempt to simply recognize and further the preservation of one of America's oldest traditions is something we should welcome.
  • by Sarah on Dec 27, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    Who gives a flying flip what we say? It shouldn't be a law what comes out of our mouth. If he's a "law maker" shouldn't he understand that we have freedom of speech. It makes me not want to say Merry Christmas anymore. Happy Holidays and Season's Greetings to all!
  • by tracey Location: atlanta on Dec 27, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    to gary::: Congress shall make no laws establishing or preventing the establishment of any religion. that is the FIRST ammendment. If you don't like that, read Madison's Federalist Papers. Madison based his comments on Separation of Church and State on the writings of John Locke. The majority of the founding fathers were indeed Christians, but they also were a generation or two removed from horrible things done to people in the name of God. They purposely made a point that the government and the state were two separate things. I say 'Merry Christmas', but I don't give a rip in anyone else does.
  • by tracey Location: atlanta on Dec 27, 2010 at 05:25 AM
    to anonymous who called people who don't belive in jesus 'dumb'. doesn't that kind of go against everything jesus taught us?? seems to me, you didn't pay attention to what he said.
  • by TallyTrashTalks2 Location: Tallahassee on Dec 26, 2010 at 07:16 AM
    Geez..is this kinda nonsense what our current lawmaker's consider a priority for an agenda?! Oh please, stop the insanity and address the real issues before this state gets worse than it is already! For Sen. Siplin to state " It's not likely that a state employee would be punished for giving an alternate greeting" shows he needs to check his ego in at the door and leave it there. I grew up in a day where there was prayer in school, saluting our flag every morning, MERRY CHRISTMAS activities, HALLOWEEN parties, spanking's in school, children fearing their parent's and elders too much to talk back and crimes like attacking 92 year old women unheard of!! Make some new laws that address the REAL issues, or vacate your seat Senator time waster!
  • by Anonymous Location: Jasper on Dec 25, 2010 at 06:59 PM
    What a sad world to live in when people really are so dumb not to believe in Jesus.
  • by S Location: Jasper on Dec 25, 2010 at 05:55 PM
    Merry Christmas, If it wasn't for Jesus we wouldn't be having this dicussion, futher more If you don;t believe in Jesus then you shouldn't be celebrating this holiday. And for those of you who are other religions go home to your country if you don;t like us christians, there's way more of us then you. MERRRRRRRRRY CHRIST mas.
  • by Christian Location: Florida on Dec 25, 2010 at 05:49 PM
    I want to hear Merry Christmas! Why is it that we have to adjust to others and their beliefs. I don't have a problem with other religions, but this is America. We were brought up on Merry Christmas. No disrespect, but other countries don't change their sayings, their laws, or their beliefs for us.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 25, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    MERRY CHRISTMAS....MERRY CHRISTMAS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS
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